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07-18-2013, 06:01 PM
Duncan Alfreds

Cape Town - An environmental organisation has said that the production delays at the Medupi power plant are an indicator that South Africa should focus energy efforts on renewables.

"The difficulties arising at Medupi present a lesson for South Africa. Large bulk energy projects such as this one are, by their nature, complex and have historically demonstrated the tendency to extend beyond expected timelines and budget," said Saliem Fakir, Living Planet Unit head at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Eskom announced on Monday that the project would not be ready on time, and further pushed back the delivery date to 2014.

While Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba expressed his displeasure at the delays, he appeared to backtrack from his earlier statement that officials would be fired over project delays.

"It was on this basis that as the shareholder representative, I had made very strong statements and held the parties accountable to the deadline. I had to put everyone under pressure to deliver. I have held a very firm view that everything must be done to comply with the project schedule of December 2013 and that all the parties, particularly the contractors, must fulfil their obligations," Gigaba said at the Eskom post-AGM media briefing at Megawatt Park.


The WWF said that the coal fired power station was a relic even before its construction and the country should invest in moving toward efficient energy production.

"While South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) remains stuck in an old paradigm of bulkiness and capital intensity, greater effort should be made to reduce demand, avoid as far as possible the building of too many complex power stations and focus on more modular and rapidly deployable solutions such as renewables," said Fakir.

Greenpeace has also added its voice to the call for a move away from fossil fuel power.

"It is time for the government and Eskom to rethink the entire electricity paradigm, and begin the just transition away from coal and towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. This is the only sustainable path towards ensuring electricity access for all South Africans," said Greenpeace Africa.

Large amounts of energy is lost through the transmission of electricity over distance and Fakir said that future energy systems should make allowance for localised energy production.

"In planning future energy supply we should not only concern ourselves with utility scale - building only for the central grid - but also allow more and more citizens to join the grid and generate power for themselves."


07-18-2013, 06:25 PM
Parliament has agreed to an oversight visit to the delay-ridden Medupi power plant in Limpopo, the DA said on Tuesday.

The Democratic Alliance said its request to visit the site was approved for July 24 and 25.

"The visit is crucial, especially in the wake of the recent extension of the deadline in the roll-out of the first phase of the project from the end of this year to mid-2014," DA MP Natasha Michael said.

The visit would be used to ask officials at the site "hard questions" about the delays which were caused by, among others, faulty construction and labour disputes.

"The work of contractors, such as Chancellor House-linked Hitachi Power Africa, and French company Alstom, will also be assessed thoroughly," Michael said.

The ballooning of the project's costs from R91 billion to R105bn would also be interrogated.

"The DA will ensure that this is not another window dressing expedition to throw down the seriousness of the situation, but an opportunity for Parliament to gain clarity of the actual situation on the ground and ascertain whether progress is being made as suggested by the department and Minister [of Public Enterprises] Malusi Gigaba."

Last week, Eskom said in a statement the new power station would probably begin contributing to the national grid only in the second half of next year. The previous target was December this year.

The statement came after Gigaba insisted earlier this year that the December deadline would not change.


07-24-2013, 02:46 PM
Vandag het Medupi weer gebrand. Op die dag wat die Parlementere groep op besoek is in Lephalale. ( Kyk na die vorige plasing.) Hulle sou vandag Matimba besoek en more Medupi.

A PROTEST over wages on Wednesday morning halted work at the construction site for Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station in Limpopo.

Medupi, a 4,764MW facility, has already faced several delays, including over the discovery of welding faults on the boilers, for which Hitachi Power Africa was contracted.

A group of 500 to 1,000 workers took part in Wednesday’s protest, Eskom spokeswoman Hilary Joffe said.

"The protest turned violent, with stone throwing and damage to two vehicles, but no one was injured as far as we are aware," she said.

"The situation is under control and calm has been restored on site."

Witnesses had reported that six vehicles were set alight on site.

Ms Joffe said most of the Medupi workers had been sent off site, "but we are working to get back to normal operations as soon as possible".

The protest was apparently related to dissatisfaction with one of the allowances that workers receive, which Eskom said was now the subject of negotiation.

It happened on the day that Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises was at the nearby Matimba power station to conducting hearings with Eskom, labour and contractors on progress at Medupi. The committee will conduct a site visit on Thursday.

Workers at Medupi and at the Kusile power station, which is also under construction, have embarked on several illegal strikes this year, prompting fear over the state of South Africa’s electricity supply.

Striking workers had previously cited problems with accommodation and the quality of food provided.

Eskom CE Brian Dames said earlier in July that the opening of the Medupi station, initially scheduled for December, was likely to take place only in the second half of 2014.



07-24-2013, 09:24 PM
Dit lyk of die Medupi besigheid meer aggresief teenoor uitlanders begin word. Die dier was regoor die hek van n Brit opgehang om aan hom te wys wat sy voorland gaan wees.


07-26-2013, 07:32 PM
Kort uittreksels uit koerantberigte na die onrus en besoek van die parlementariers:

Medupi firms fear labour unrest as contracts end
by Sikonathi Mantshantsha, July 26 2013, 05:54

THE contracting firms building the Medupi power station say they fear there will be more violence in the months ahead while the number of jobs dwindles as the project inches towards completion.

"As work progresses, we’ll reach a point where jobs have to go," Tom Brown, Hitachi Power Africa chief operating officer, told Parliament’s public enterprises portfolio committee, which toured the facility on Thursday. "And that’s where our next biggest challenge will come from, because the people are not going to like losing jobs."

Murray & Roberts (M&R), which works on parts of the project, said it had cut its workforce on the site to 2,700, from more than 5,000.

"People are not going to like being told they no longer have jobs," an M&R representative said. "We’re going to have big problems with labour."

Hitachi has brought in extra employees to help with the backlog, Hitachi’s Frank Sweeney said, and would have to reduce its workforce. "It’s become normal on this project for people to put on a hood to cover their faces and go around destroying things when they disagree or are unhappy with something."

The contractors will need outside help to deal with the matter.

While delays and protests are "normal at projects of this nature, the level of violence here is abnormal," Mr Brown said.


A sub-contractor connected to Hitachi Power Africa is believed to be behind the delay in completing the first phase of the Medupi power station, the DA said on Friday.

It said this emerged from a two-day oversight visit to the Limpopo project by Parliament's public enterprises portfolio committee.

"MPs on the visit were informed that a Hitachi Power Africa sub-contractor was responsible for the faulty welding on the boilers," Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Michael said.

Michael said officials from Hitachi had told MPs the sub-contractor had misled both Eskom and Hitachi into believing that quality control tests on the boilers had been conducted.

"This was not done. As a result, all the welds on the boiler in unit six had to be re-checked and many replaced," she said.

The name of the subcontractor was not revealed during the visit.


FRAUD charges have been laid against a major subcontractor working on the welding of the Medupi power station under construction in Limpopo, the parliamentary public enterprises oversight committee was told on Wednesday.

Both Hitachi Power Africa and Eskom told the committee that the unnamed contractor submitted documents that were later discovered to be fraudulent on the welding work for boilers of the R105bn power station.

"It’s a fraud issue," said Tom Brown, Hitachi’s chief operating officer. "The matter is now under police investigation and I cannot say much more."

Earlier on Wednesday, Dan Marokane, Eskom’s group executive for capital projects, told the parliamentary committee, which toured the station, that the company and Hitachi, its major contractor on the boilers, had to do forensic investigations to uncover the fraud. They are busy fixing the faults uncovered in the welds, which led to the discovery of the documents.

The alleged fraud is the single biggest delaying factor working against the completion of the first generating unit by the end of this year. The commissioning has now been pushed back to the middle of next year.

This had added about R15bn to construction costs, Eskom said.

As a safety precaution, Eskom evacuated the site and sent all workers home, said Ms Maharaj. The dispute was about the payment of travel and commuter allowances to some of the workers.


Sien ook: http://ewn.co.za/2013/07/25/45-Medupi-strikers-arrested#

08-01-2013, 12:02 AM
Medupi breaking the law - expert
2013-07-31 20:24

Johannesburg - The constitutional principles prescribing how public administration must be governed are breached daily, the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa said on Wednesday.

"Those are... breach[ed] on a daily basis in South Africa," director Paul Hoffman said at a Free Market Foundation briefing in Johannesburg.

"It isn't the way things are being done."

Section 195 of the Constitution contains nine principles which apply to public administration in all spheres of government and parastatals. One of the problems was that most important public servants were appointed through cadre deployment.

"One of the reasons why our public administration is so terribly, terribly dysfunctional is that people who get into public administration as a consequence of being deployed there as a loyal cadre of the national democratic revolution, are inherently in a conflict of interest situation," said Hoffman.

Hoffman was talking about how public administration and state-owned entities were meant to be run. He used Eskom's Medupi project and the embattled national carrier, SA Airways, as examples of how these principles were not adhered to.

Hoffman said the African National Congress's investment arm, Chancellor House, was benefiting from the Medupi project and so, indirectly, was the party.

Chancellor House was instructed to look around for opportunities to make "quick, easy" money so that the ANC could run election campaigns.

"Chancellor House knows, because Eskom has a chair called Valli Moosa who is also the chair of fundraising at the ANC... that there is a huge tender coming up because we forgot to build power stations for about 10 years," said Hoffman.

"So Chancellor House gets hold of Hitachi... [The two] do an interesting deal, in terms of which a company called Hitachi Power Africa is born."

R5.8bn dividend

Hitachi Power Africa, in which Chancellor House had a stake, was the company that won the tender to supply Eskom with boilers for its Medupi power station. Eskom had to pay for the service, so it went to the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) for additional funding.

"There we go, we have Nersa deciding whether to give Eskom enough of a price increase for the consumers to pay so that money can be paid to Hitachi, dividends can be paid to Chancellor House and funds can be raised by the ANC," he said.

"So, the price increase that Nersa gives is adequate to enable Eskom to pay and for Hitachi Power Africa to declare a dividend."

Wits academic William Gumede estimated that Chancellor House would get a R5.8bn dividend from the contract.

Hoffman said it was clear the deal was collusive and a conflict of interest.

"R5.8bn was built into that contract... You and I are paying for that every time we switch on a light," he said.

In terms of SAA, Hoffman said there was actually no need for South Africa to have a national carrier. As things stood SAA did not seem to be able to get its act together to compete viably.

"We have a national carrier because it looks smart to have a national carrier," said Hoffman.

"It has no use at all other than to satisfy the egos of politicians, and unfortunately satisfying the political need to have a national flag carrier is costing taxpayers in South Africa ever increasing amounts of money."

He said government was not adhering to section 217 of the Constitution, as it allowed SAA to receive capital injections when its competitors were not allowed to.

"I believe it is corrupt to keep throwing money at SAA when it is just incapable of getting its act together year after year."


08-01-2013, 12:06 AM
IT WAS a Wednesday morning last week, and the working day had barely started at the Medupi power station when about 100 construction workers went on the rampage.

In the ensuing chaos, more than 20 of their colleagues were injured when bricks were thrown in a confrontation. Five vehicles were burnt and some cranes and construction equipment were also damaged.

Seventeen thousand workers at the power station still under construction in Limpopo were then evacuated from the site, resulting in two unplanned days of lost production. That is in addition to three days of an already long "pay weekend" — every end of the month, workers get off from Thursday afternoon and return to work on Tuesday.

The incident has highlighted labour challenges experienced at Eskom’s Kusile and Medupi projects, which are already behind schedule. The two power stations will cost Eskom and the taxpayer more than R200bn — before the unbudgeted losses — when complete by 2018.

The South African Police Service’s Ronel Otto said on Monday that the police arrested 45 people and took them in for questioning. "But they were released as the police could not make a case against them because of a lack of evidence," said Ms Otto.

No arrests were made and no criminal prosecutions will follow, and it would seem that the lawlessness is allowed to continue unchecked.

And those responsible are rewarded with a long weekend, and today they are back at work, until the next incident. Or until they find another reason to be upset with their employers.

The reason for last week’s chaos, according to the stakeholders — Eskom, labour representatives and the contractors who employ the workers — was a "misunderstanding and dissatisfaction with the workers’ travel and commuter allowance".

Instead of taking their grievances to the proper dispute resolution channels available to them, the workers just went on the rampage and demanded their colleagues in other companies also stop working.

Everyone was quick to call it a "wildcat strike" and not the wanton destruction by criminal elements of the nation’s property.

Or the besmirching of South Africa’s image as an investment destination.

"It’s become normal on this project for people to put on a hood to cover their faces and go around destroying things when they disagree or are unhappy with something," Hitachi Power Africa’s Frank Sweeney told a parliamentary committee visiting the project last week. The committee, whose duty is the oversight of the Department of Public Enterprises, was there to inspect progress — or lack thereof — on South Africa’s most ambitious, biggest, and the single most expensive infrastructure project of modern times.

But it seems that nobody is willing to take any action against the anarchists. Not even the parliamentarians called for the arrest and prosecution of the wrongdoers. Neither Eskom, nor organised labour in the form of trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). Not even the police or the contractors that actually employ the anarchists seem willing to take on the criminal elements within the labour force at Medupi.

The closest anybody came to any condemnation of the violence and criminality was when Eskom’s executives at Medupi came together to discuss what they were going to tell labour representatives at a stakeholder meeting that evening. "We’ll have to say there will be consequences. That we’ve reported the matter to the police and that we will not tolerate any violence," said one of the senior managers, whose name is known to Business Day.

Eskom says the cost of the latest six-month delay to the construction of the Medupi plant has added R15bn to its pre-interest cost, taking it to R105bn. The cost to South Africa’s image is likely to be immeasurable.

Frank Brown of Hitachi said : "There are disagreements and strikes in every major infrastructure project the world over. But the amount of violence on this one is abnormal."

The reason for that is easy. There are no consequences for that kind of conduct. The labour regime is bordering on criminality. During the January "wildcat strike action" that lasted for six weeks, into February, workers openly vowed at a Numsa meeting that nobody would return to work without their permission.

"There are no helicopters that take workers to Medupi. They have to go through the town and the township," one of the union’s members said to the crowd. "And you will still have to come back and live here." The message was clear.

None of this, however, clears any of the employers and Eskom, the owner of the project, of wrongdoing in their treatment of workers. The employers’ poor treatment of workers has been raised on numerous occasions at meetings discussing labour problems affecting Eskom’s projects. In February, the Financial Mail exposed how Medupi contractors irregularly deducted unexplained amounts from workers’ wages, which led to the January 16 work stoppage.


Johann S
08-01-2013, 08:44 AM
Medupi het n politieke speelkaart geword. Dit is duidelik dat die krag stasies nie gaan klaar kom op die beplande datums nie. Verder meer het die hele unie bedinging niks anders as n aktiewe swaard van terrorisme op lae vlak geword teen die staat, veiligheids magte en die publiek nie.

Mens kan nie help om te wonder of die uiteinde van die plan is om die land in groot donkerte te dompel vir tye op n slag nie, dit sal die misdaad element baie bemagtig en feitlik die veiligheids magte se hande sal afkap. Ek kan net nie help om aan Rwanda en die Kongo te dink met al die gemors nie. So n situasie kan ons alamal baie duur te staan kom.

Hierdie unies gaan die land se rug breek, maar aan die ander kant is dit wat sekerlik moet gebeur vir die kommunistiese bestel om in plek te kom. Sonder daardie model kan die wereld orde sukkel om afrika maklik te regeer.

08-01-2013, 06:49 PM
O my herre. Wat gaan ons maak? Iemand stuur n sendeling of iets soontoe!

08-03-2013, 08:14 PM
Johann S. Dit is eintlik verstommend. Daar is 18 000 werkers wat deur ’n 100 tot 150 werkers oorheers word. Om die besigheid te stabiliseer is baie maklik en tog ontbreek die wil. Ons grootste teenstander terwyl ons daar was, was die dogter van Zuma se geestelike adviseur. Dit laat ’n mens dink.

Soos die dinge nou aangaan weet ek nie of hulle daardie stasie ooit gaan klaarkry nie. Die rebelle is besig om stelselmatig momentum op te bou en dit sal nie lank wees voor hulle later wit vroue in die dorp gaan verkrag om ’n punt te bewys nie. En wanneer dit gebeur is ek bevrees, sal dit baie moeilik word om die taak te voltooi.

Politiek is verseker ’n baie groot faktor. Wat my stomslaan is dat die politiek juis daarop gemik is om die ANC te breek terwyl die ANC se raadgewers aan Zuma hom heuning om die mond smeer.

Die polisie is net so interessant. Daar is spesialis eenhede binne die polisie wat die vermoë het om die inligting tydig te kry en wat ook in staat is om die belhamels en opstekers met die wet uit die gemeenskap te lig. Maar dit gebeur nie. Om een of ander rede kry hulle glo nie die inligting wat oop en bloot as algemene kennis in die strate is nie.

Dan is daar die media. Aan die eenkant skree hulle teenoor stabiliseerders en wanneer dit volstruis die windpomp tref, wil hulle weet wie die chaos kan stabiliseer. Die media het vir geen oomblik tot op hede iets opgehef nie en hulle kon tot op hede geen oplossing bied nie. Maar oplossings word gekritiseer sodat hulle later iets het om oor te skryf.

Ek wonder wat sou gebeur as die SA Media soos in Kanada net op positiewe gebeure sou rapporteer ?

09-09-2013, 09:08 PM
THE roots of the Medupi mess are to be found in a strategy by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and its "stage management" of Eskom. The effect has been to undermine and almost nullify normal employer-employee relations. The result is labour strife that began in 2010 and has been largely continuous since last September. Numsa has put pressure on Eskom to squeeze concessions out of the contractors and ensure striking workers experience few consequences for unprotected industrial action. All the while, Numsa’s power grows.

The problem lies in an agreement initially signed in December 2008. The parties signed another, reviewed, version in 2010. The agreement deals with the specific terms and conditions of employment at the Medupi project, to which all employees there are bound, as well as the way certain disputes should be resolved. As the agreement is intended to promote stability and orderly interactions, a party cannot raise a demand independently of it. Essentially, it was intended to guide all labour issues at Medupi, except those related to salaries and conditions of service, as it was agreed the workers would be subject to industry agreements. Despite this, the unions and some employees have made demands and engaged in unprotected strikes. Crucially, the role of Eskom was not clear as it was neither a signatory nor party to the agreement.

The agreement was immediately undermined and ignored by Numsa members, who have subsequently engaged in unprotected strike action almost weekly. Strike action at Medupi has followed a familiar pattern over the past year: a wildcat strike begins at one of the contractors about an issue that should have been dealt with in terms of the agreement. While the contractor tries to resolve the matter, the strike spreads to Numsa members who are employed by other contractors, and the whole site is affected. If the whole site cannot be mobilised to join the strike, the employees use violence or threats and destruction of property, which in turn leads to Eskom shutting down the site for safety reasons. The strike usually ends when Eskom intervenes and an agreement is reached in which Eskom requires contractors to suspend disciplinary procedures. In some cases it has also led to the payment of bonuses to get employees back to work.

The strategy is frighteningly simple and effective in shifting the normal employer-trade union relationship to favour Numsa. It requires a pliable Eskom management willing to intervene between the contractor and employee. The continued success of the strategy also requires disputes, even minor ones, to be escalated across the site and for the site to be regularly shut down. In this way, Numsa forces Eskom to put pressure on the contractors to concede to its demands. Contractors are on occasion prevented from dismissing workers and have to pay amounts agreed by Eskom to get the people back to work.

One would have thought Eskom and the contractors would have identified this strategy by now, but it is clear they have not. In fact, the employers, under pressure from Eskom management, are formalising the way things are done at Medupi (and Kusile). The contractors, trade unions and Eskom have replaced the agreement with a "final partnership agreement", which now includes Eskom. It also says employees at the sites are covered by industry-agreed wages and conditions of service, but sets up site-wide forums for further collective bargaining and consultation. This time, Eskom’s role is unambiguous because Eskom manages the process.

Thus, Numsa’s strategy is formalised, creating another two forums in which it is able to press Eskom but, more directly, to squeeze concessions out of the contractors. In addition, the new structures virtually guarantee that disputes become site-wide. As a result, contractors are in a situation where they no longer have an employer-employee relationship with their staff and have to operate with the continued threat of interference.

The influence and bargaining power of Numsa depends on bypassing the contractors completely and putting pressure on Eskom directly. The battles between the National Union of Mineworkers and Numsa for membership in Eskom and the construction of Medupi and Kusile will add to the already complex environment. This is a management headache that will only get worse if political will and management fortitude are missing.

• Wocke is an associate professor at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.


09-09-2013, 09:09 PM
SA's luckiest workforce must surely be found at Medupi, the country's soon-to-be flagship power station, now under construction in Limpopo.

At dawn every workday hired buses fan out in all directions of the coal-mining Lephalale district collecting workers employed at Medupi. The buses, hired by Eskom and its contractors who are building the R105bn station, repeat the rounds in the evenings, delivering the workers home after a day's hard work.

Such transportation may be normal for SA construction workers. But these employees receive a further benefit: at midday, all 16000 of them queue for a free lunch. "Everyone on the site is provided a meal," says Eskom spokesman Dikatso Mametse . The average number of meals is 14000/day, which Eskom pays for.

They may be unskilled and low-paid construction workers, but they know a good meal, and in April a dispute over the "quality of the catering provided" resulted in a wildcat strike - in addition to the many that have broken out over transportation and leave pay in the past year.

And the abnormal benefits enjoyed by the Medupi builders do not end with the free lunch. "Eskom provides breakfasts and dinners to workers who reside in accommodation provided [by the company] as they live so far away that it is not practical for them to commute," says Eskom's Mametse. Those workers number approximately 5000 at each meal sitting. Workers who don't qualify to receive company accommodation get paid for the time they spend travelling to work instead. It means they get paid even before they arrive at work.

In terms of the project labour agreement at Medupi, employees get compensated for every full hour spent in the bus taking them to work, though the first hour of travel is not compensated for. Compensation for the time they are working is supplemented by the fee they are paid for sitting in the company bus.

"Every day people queue for jobs here, even though Exxaro is building next door, where their labour is most needed," says a manager who works at the site. "They want to work only for Eskom at Medupi." He says some people live in villages far away and can sit for up to four hours in a bus in each direction.

There are further benefits besides free food and daily transportation . Those who live in accommodation provided by Eskom but hail from far away towns get compensated for travelling home at "pay weekends ". These occur every second month around payday.

On "pay weekends," regarded as workdays for purposes of compensation, hired buses transport the workers to centres like Johannesburg, from where the cash compensation kicks in, calculated at R2,50/km until they get home. It's to encourage workers to return home to their families after they get paid.

There are six such "weekends" - which start on Thursday and end on Monday evening - in a year, says Roman Crookes, Medupi project manager and Eskom's most senior official on the site. Employees report for work on the Tuesday following the "pay weekend".

Thus every second month the project loses three days of production, meaning that every year almost a month is lost to "pay weekend". The long "pay weekends" apply to all who work at Medupi, regardless of whether they qualify as migrant workers. As the "pay weekends" have nothing to do with the mandatory leave, workers work only 10 months in any calendar year at Medupi.

What's more, any deal at the Medupi project automatically extends to those who work at the Kusile power station under construction in Mpumalanga. In spite of it all, the privileges enjoyed by workers on SA's most ambitious and biggest single project have not translated to a happy, efficient and productive workforce. The 4800MW coal-fired electricity station has been delayed by three years from the initial April 2011 date, and is at least R30bn over budget. Medupi is now scheduled to deliver the first 800MW power from the middle of 2014.

Several factors have contributed to the delays, chief of which was poor planning and delays on the part of Eskom. Poor labour relations have also resulted in many strikes, the longest of which lasted six weeks to the middle of February. That was sparked by irregular deductions of taxes and leave allowance from the workers' wages in December.

However, payment of the travel allowance has brought many unintended consequenc es. Some workers went on the rampage again on July 24, injuring 20 of their colleagues in a brick-throwing fight, destroying five vehicles and damag ing some equipment after they were informed by Murray & Roberts that they did not qualify for the allowance. The people involved reside at the nearby Marapong township, 6km away from the construction site. According to Salisha Maharaj, head of Eskom's industrial relations at Medupi, they spend about 90 minutes travelling to work. They were demanding compensation for the 30 minutes after the first hour. The two-week stoppage that resulted further choked productivity out of the 10 months that SA's luckiest workforce can produce.


09-09-2013, 09:12 PM
Eskom has agreed to give the Democratic Alliance access to all its agreements with Medupi contractors, the opposition party said.

"The DA has received confirmation from Eskom that it is in the process of compiling all the contractual agreements with contractors at the Medupi Power Plant," DA MP Natasha Michael said in a statement.

The DA had submitted an application to Eskom under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

"According to Eskom, the contractors have been notified in terms of section 47 of PAIA, of the need to make information or records available," Michael said.

It was important that all Medupi contracts be made public so they could be scrutinised.

"The agreements between contractors and Eskom must be scrutinised to determine whether any strict controls were put in place to ensure that parties meet their deadlines and targets and what action can be taken against the contractors for failure to do so," Michael said.

MPs visited Medupi in July and learnt that the reason for the delay in completing the first phase of the project was as a result of a sub-contractor connected to Hitachi Power Africa.

At the time, Michael said Hitachi officials had told MPs the sub-contractor had misled both Eskom and Hitachi into believing quality control tests on the boilers had been conducted.

Chancellor House, the investment arm of the ruling African National Congress, has a 25 percent stake in Hitachi, which has been awarded the boilers tender for Medupi.

The first unit of Medupi was meant to come online in December.

The date has since been pushed back at least six months as a result of the delays.


01-20-2014, 10:29 AM
Seker nie lekker om by Eskom te werk met "die" Van nie...

"Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi reports that the utility’s board is pursuing an open process to select a successor to CEO Brian Dames, who made the surprise announcement in December that he will be stepping down on March 31, 2014."


03-03-2014, 07:58 PM
ANC investment arm sells Hitachi stake

February 28 2014 at 08:50pm
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Johannesburg - The investment wing of South Africa's ruling ANC has sold its 25 percent stake in Hitachi Power Africa, which has controversially benefited from stated-funded contracts, the firm said Friday.

The shares in the Japanese firm's African subsidiary were sold to Hitachi Power Europe for an undisclosed amount.

“All parties have agreed strict confidentiality about the terms and conditions of the contract,” Hitachi Power Africa said in a statement announcing the deal.

Spokeswoman Yash Bridgmohan said the agreement was concluded on February 1.

The African National Congress' (ANC) stake in the firm, through its investment arm Chancellor House, had over the past raised questions over a conflict of interest.

Opposition parties had demanded that the company stop doing business with government.

Hitachi Power Europe and Hitachi Power Africa were awarded a contract to install boilers for the country's mega power plants Medupi and Kusile, which are still under construction.

The coal-fired stations are being built by the state power utility Eskom, which buckled under power demands nearly five years ago, causing crippling countrywide blackouts.

Both the facilities have been marred by delays and the utility said last year it expects their first of the six completed units to come on line in the second half of 2014.

Last year, the minister of public enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, criticised Hitachi for failing to providing quality boilers at Medupi Limpopo power station, adding to delays.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu declined to comment about the deal.



03-06-2014, 01:24 PM
EK wil graag raai.

Ek dink dat die ANC verplig was om sy aandele te verkoop. Die ANC wou met sy invloed binne Hitachi verseker dat Suid-Afrikaanse sweisers die gevorderde sweiswerk doen, wat by die boilers verwag word. Die probleem is dat die spesiale metaal uit n baie verskillende en gespesialiseerde allooie gemaak word. Allooie wat n spesifieke vaardigheid verys om gesweis te word.

Die buitelanders wat die spesifieke metaal kan sweis het almal meer as vyf jaar ondervinding. En ek dink nie dat die Suid-Afrikaners in totaal vyf mense kon oplei om die moeilike metaal, suksesvol te sweis nie.

Eskom was met sy rug teen die muur. Omtrent alles wat Hitachi tot dusvêr gesweis het, het mislukking en alles moet nou oorgedoen word. Eskom se grootkoppe het uit radeloosheid na ander maatskappye in die buiteland begin soek, wat die Hitachi kontrak kan oorneem.

Ek dink dat die onderonsie nou tot n punt gedryf is. Hulle kan nie sonder die uitlanders voortgaan nie en die ANC wat vir die plaaslike sweisers n toekoms beloof het, kan nie nou so kort voor die verkiesing skielik al die mense vir wie hulle hoop gegee het, wegjaag nie. Die ANC het volgens my nie veel ander keuses as om te verkoop nie.

Ek sal ook nie dink dat die ANC baie geld vir sy aandele gekry het nie. Vir Hitachi sou dit eenvoudig een van twee goed beteken het. Of hulle koop die ANC uit of hulle verloor die kontrak. Eskom het die reg gehad om Hitachi vir die vertraging verantwoordelik te hou. Wanneer die kontrakteur nie kan voorsien nie, is daar geweldige boetes. My vermoede sou wees dat die Hitachi Europa die boete voor Hitachi Suid-Afrika se deur sou lê. Hitachi Suid-Afrika sou dan seker vir die ANC n rekening gestuur het omdat die ANC met sy voorskrifte en voorwaardes vir die vertragings verantwoordelik was.

Dit is ook so dat die projek veronderstel is om einde se kant toe te staan. Dit beteken dat die uitstaande prys van die projek, ook die wins van die projek sal bepaal.

Daar was n ooreenkoms tussen die Exxaro myn en Eskom. Wanneer Eskom stadiger as Exxarro klaarmaak, moet Eskom vir Exarro maandeliks die volle produksie koste betaal, asof Exxaro reeds steenkool aan Medupi lewer. Exxaro het die resies as gevolg van Hitachi gewen en iemand gaan hiervoor beskuldig word.

Eskom is die kliënt en die kliënt gaan nou miljoene per dag aan Exxaro moet betaal en Eskom gaan daardie koste van die verantwoordelike kontrakteur verhaal.

My vermoede is dat die ANC se boete groter was as wat sy aandele werd is. Die keuses sal volgens my gevoel, een van twee wees. Of die ANC verkoop hulle aandeel om die boete te betaal of Hitachi verhaal totale verlies van die kontrak, van die ANC wanneer Hitachi die kontrak verloor.

Ek kan nie dink dat die ANC n wins uit die transaksie sou maak nie. Ek sal glo dat die ANC se skuld of verantwoordelikheid vir die vertraging, groter is as wat die res van die kontrak werd is. Indien die ANC wel sy aandele sou verkoop, sal die prys op hierdie stadium waarskynlik minder wees as wat die boete is. En dit is waarom die ANC nie die prys bekend sal maak nie. Dit is maar my mening.

EK sal môre probeer uitvind hoe vêr ek verkeerd is.

01-24-2015, 10:56 PM
Medupi's now infamous Unit 6 is going to be commissioned and connected to the grid - despite tests showing that it is not working as it should.

This is yet another alarming development at Medupi, which has been feted by Eskom as the solution to South Africa's power woes, but which is already two years late and R40-billion over budget. Each of the six units at Medupi will provide 800MW of power, boosting the 40000MW national grid by 12%.

But the problem at Unit 6 is that excessive dirt has been found in the steam which is being blown out of the boilers installed by Mitsubishi-Hitachi.

Madupi power station.JPG

Roman Crookes, Eskom's managing director on the 900ha construction site in Limpopo, said that blow-through tests - in which the steam quality and velocity is tested - had been expected to take two weeks.

But Crookes said these tests had been going for almost two months now, and the steam was not yet at the standard the unit was designed to use.

In addition to the excessive dirt particles, the steam isn't coming out of the boiler fast enough to meet Alstom's specifications. In its contract with Eskom, Alstom stipulated that for the turbines to spin as required, the steam must reach a velocity of 200m/second, considerably faster than the current 182m/second.

According to Crookes, this is actually a good thing since it will slow down the speed at which the dirt particles leave the boiler and hit the massive spinning blades. The lower velocity would not "compromise the machine".

However, senior engineers at Medupi, who spoke on condition they wouldn't be named, said last month that the dirt and velocity problems were more serious than Crookes was making out. The turbine "will be destroyed", one said.

The men blamed the Mitsubishi-Hitachi-built boiler: "There is a huge problem (with) the design of the piping. Hitachi has made the wrong design ... [it] isn't going to work."

Eskom says otherwise, and is ready to flick the switch to green. But experts say that the result will be that this enormous, hi-tech piece of engineering will be on the scrap heap before intended.

Mitsubishi-Hitachi, Alstom and Eskom have for weeks been in discussion about the decision to go ahead with the commissioning - but ultimately it is Eskom's call.

Mitsubishi-Hitachi is now washing its hands of the less than optimal performance of its boiler. David Milner, spokesman for the Japanese company, said this week: "We have a contract with Eskom with technical specifications, and we have met all the requirements. Why there is more dirt [than expected] in the boilers, we don't know."

Commissioning the unit at this stage was "a decision Eskom has to take", Milner said.

Crookes admitted on Thursday that going ahead now could affect Alstom's guarantee of its multimillion-rand turbine.

In response to a query last month regarding Eskom's commissioning the unit despite the suboptimal test results, Alstom spokesman Riccardo Pierobon said: "The steam quality needs to be according to the specified values to avoid potential damage to the turbines."

Alstom did not comment further this week when asked.

Yet Crookes said an "economic decision" had been taken to fire up the unit within weeks.

Continuing to run the expensive blow tests "might or might not" reduce the amount of dirt in the massive pipes, he said.

Crookes said Eskom had been advised by several international bodies that the dirt was unlikely to cause significant damage.

The pros and cons needed to be weighed up. It would be cheaper to replace the turbine a few years early than keep running the tests. And, as was evident from the briefing by Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona this week, the country needs the power more than it needs Alstom's warranty.

A few hundred million rand is pocket change compared with a few months' worth of diesel being sucked up by the Cape-based Open-Cycle Gas Turbines, which Eskom is using to bolster its flagging grid.

Those gas turbines, Ankerlig and Gourikwa, ploughed through about 140 million litres of diesel in November alone.

With the government discount, this cost taxpayers about R1-billion. Though demand for power dropped from mid- December to mid-January, Eskom executives said on Thursday that the utility would be handing over this sort of cash for the conceivable future.

While few South Africans take seriously any dates Eskom trawls out for Medupi's progress, Crookes says the first unit will be operating at full power from June. That will provide only 800MW, but with generating capacity crumbling and long overdue emergency repairs on the way, anything is better than nothing.


01-24-2015, 10:57 PM
Residential properties in Lephalale - once a forgettable small town in Limpopo - command some of the highest rental prices in South Africa.

According to the PayProp Rental Index for the third quarter of last year, the average monthly house rental was R19986. By comparison, the weighted average rental in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston was R19016.

But while Bryanston is in desirable leafy suburbia, Lephalale is all boots and blue collars.

It is an unlovely town of small mono-level "don't-look-at-me" houses. The influx of contractors, workers and often insalubrious entrepreneurs has done little to change that.

While most temporary residents grumble and long for home, Arona Rosseau, head of @Sold property company, is delighted. "We aren't complaining," she says from her newly renovated, air-conditioned offices on the edge of town.

The population has more than quadrupled from about 7000 in 2007 to about 30000 now.

Workers and contractors at Eskom's Medupi power station compete for space with staff from Exarro's Grootegeluk coal mine and the R10-billion Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project.

Demand for living space far outstrips supply because it is all but impossible to build new homes: there is not enough water, the sewerage system is inadequate and there's a power shortage.

Guest houses do a roaring trade. There are about 300 to choose from, some of which take in guests for years at a time.

Most simply consist of rooms added onto existing homes, and many are flea pits for a clientele that has little choice.

There is a plethora of fast- food outlets, including a McDonald's and a few pizza joints. An Ocean Basket fish restaurant incongruously sells sushi despite the searing heat.

Entertainment is in short supply. But after 5pm the Keg and Kudu - also known as the Keg and Contractor - comes alive with accents from around the globe.

By about 8pm, the crowd peaks, and an hour later most tables are covered in overflowing ashtrays and empty beer glasses.

But there are other diversions. Prostitutes ply their trade along the roads at night, and drug dealers offer an astonishing range of dubious wares.

Medupi itself is massive. The footprint is 883ha, roughly the size of 900 rugby fields. Monstrous cranes are dwarfed by cooling towers. About 250 cranes have been used - the biggest could lift 1200 tons.

Each of Medupi's boilers is 115m high - the height of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg - and there will be six of them on the site. Kusile, Medupi's twin in Mpumalanga, will also have six.

The boilers are designed to run at temperatures of 269°C and withstand pressures of 295 bar (car tyres are about 2.0 bar).

Everything at Medupi is colossal - including the things that go wrong.

One of the biggest setbacks was the boiler welding by Hitachi South Africa - now Mitsubishi-Hitachi. The company was awarded Eskom's biggest contract to date, worth R30-billion, to make and install the boilers, but it bungled about 900 welds and specialist teams had to be brought in from Thailand to fix the problems.

Work delays continued when unions and workers objected to labour coming in from abroad.

Strikes and labour disputes have halted work on Medupi for months at a time. Violence has broken out on a number of occasions with construction continuing sporadically among toyi-toying crowds. At its busiest, 17000 people came onto the site each day.

Yet co-ordination by managers and site security meant it was possible to move everyone out within about 20 minutes if violence appeared likely.

In mid-December Medupi had a ghostly atmosphere. One day, the site hummed with about 13000 workers, and the next there was almost no one at all.

The annual month-long builders' holiday was strictly observed, despite the government saying it was cracking the whip to build "new capacity".

The chaos has not ended. Frustrated and furious engineers railed last month about continual setbacks, which they attributed to "micromanagement" by Eskom and the utility's lack of experience in building power stations.

Lephalale might be booming with all the newcomers arriving, but it is no place to spend any down time.

The worker exodus from Medupi over the holidays might bode ill for South Africa's future power supply, but it is easy to understand why everyone was keen to get out of town for a while.


01-24-2015, 11:02 PM
Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut's CEO says politics is steering SA to disaster

The head of one of South Africa's largest business chambers, the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, says the government's fixation with ideology and politics is steering the country to disaster - and nowhere is this more apparent than in the collapse of Eskom.

Christo van der Rheede was part of a delegation of business leaders who were briefed on the energy crisis by Eskom this week. At the meeting, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona told them his parastatal needed an immediate R20-billion bailout to keep the lights on.

But Matona couldn't tell them why Eskom was not collecting the billions owed to it by municipalities.

This failure to pay Eskom has contributed significantly to the electricity provider's cash crisis. "We were told it is a government issue and their hands are tied," says Van der Rheede.

These municipalities are in effect "sabotaging" the country, he says, but the government will not do anything about it for political reasons.

"This is simply not good enough. Someone must be called to task. Ministers must put pressure on cabinet and cabinet must put pressure on the head of this country to clamp down on people who are completely disregarding the laws of this country."

Putting Politics Ahead of SA

Another example of the government putting ideology and politics ahead of South Africa's interests, he says, is its refusal to use readily available private sector expertise to fix the power crisis.

"Why the state is so fearful of the private sector boggles my mind.

"I am very perturbed by this idea that ideology or politics will solve our problems. We sit with a business challenge and we need a business solution driven by expertise from the business environment."

The government is contributing to the looming crisis by "trying to downplay the situation", Van der Rheede says.

"This is no use at all. The CEO clearly stated that we sit with a national emergency. Not my words, his words."

But then the government contradicted Matona's statements.

Van der Rheede also questions the government's seriousness in ending the crisis, considering that it put someone with Matona's limited experience in charge. Although he praised Matona for being "frank" about the problems facing Eskom, Van der Rheede was clearly not filled with confidence about Matona's ability to lead Eskom to safety.

"When [senior executive] Dr [Steve] Lennon, who is a top-class guy, spoke at a previous meeting, I immediately sat up because here's a guy who knows the ins and outs of Eskom. He's an engineer, he's got a strong business background," he says.

Lennon announced his resignation after the appointment of Matona, a former director-general in the Department of Public Enterprises, and will be leaving Eskom in March.

"Why they bring in somebody from outside with very, very little experience, especially at a time like this, is mind-boggling," says Van der Rheede.

He thinks it would be naive not to relate the present crisis to the "massive, massive brain drain from Eskom over a period of time".

The really bad news is that it is about to get even worse.

Van der Rheede says he can't believe that, at this stage, Eskom is offering pension packages to its staff.

"Of course it is experienced people who are taking those packages. So we sit with a massive, massive crisis. At a time like this you need to rally your best troops. You don't tell them to leave the organisation."

A former school principal on the Cape Flats who became a developmental economist, Van der Rheede, 50, describes as "nonsense" the claim by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown that Eskom needs to remain out of private hands in order to implement the government's developmental agenda.

"You don't use a state-owned enterprise for developmental purposes. You use a state-owned enterprise to provide the best service at the best price to communities, to businesses. You have schools to develop communities, you have NGOs to develop communities, you have state departments to serve as instruments for development. SOEs are first and foremost businesses and they must be run like businesses. If it serves a developmental agenda, then you go the wrong route. That is not their purpose."

Van der Rheede represents the interests of 20000 businesses, from giants such as Absa to the small and medium-sized businesses on which, he believes, South Africa's prospects for economic growth and employment largely depend.


The power cuts predicted by Matona will be "disastrous" for them, he says.

They don't have the money to buy generators or invest in alternative power supplies. Many are farmers who need a constant supply of electricity to keep their storage facilities going.

Matona made it clear to business leaders that South Africa is balanced on a knife edge.

Van der Rheede believes that if there is a repeat of the infrastructure failures of last year, such as the silo collapse at Majuba power station, "we will face the possibility of a complete blackout. If that happens, the entire economy of this country will come to a standstill."

His "biggest fear" is that infighting and factionalism as the 2016 local government elections approach will further reduce the already seriously limited capacity of municipalities to manage the power cuts that lie ahead.

"You need them to implement load-shedding schedules properly so that businesses and factories can plan around them. You already have dysfunctional municipalities which don't have the expertise to do this, never mind maintain the infrastructure and collect money from the local populace."

Many in the government and the ANC condemn this kind of talk as ridiculously, even treasonably, alarmist.

Van der Rheede doesn't agree.

"I've studied risk management. We call it heat mapping, where you sit and say: 'What are the probabilities and what will the impact be?'

"If you look at the current state of affairs and at what has happened over the past year, we're already in the red part of that heat map.

"If you try and brush over that as being alarmist, then you must either be very stupid or you don't care a damn. We cannot afford that type of attitude."

Van der Rheede says South Africa is rather like the frog placed in the pot of water that is slowly being brought to the boil, unaware of what is happening.

"The water has started to boil. We're going to discover too late that it has reached boiling point. Unless business rises to the occasion now and makes its voice heard."


02-26-2015, 08:03 AM
ESKOM Medupi Power Station
_I am a contractor and I have worked and at the Medupi Power Station. I wish to add a few comments to your e-mail._
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_The working staff gets the last day of each month off as well as half the previous day for pay day._
_General workers arrive between eight and nine and start working on the new substations by ten._
_Lunch starts at about 11:30 and finishes about 14:00_
_They leave at about 15:30_
_These are the general workers pulling in new cables, moving panels etc._
_So very little real work gets done because of the short working hours._
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_I was working in a substation. The air conditoning system is not working because the controller is the wrong type. It has taken four months to find a replacement. It was 40 degrees in the substation_
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_The two main chimneys at Medupi have been built facing the wrong direction.
They are 180 degrees the wrong way round._
_This means the pipework will all have to be changed. The efficiency of the blowers will be affected as the pipework is incorrect._
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_The management of staff is a mess. The staff sit and look at you if you ask them to do anything. They know that if they don't like what you are asking, they can on strike and they have done it. So nobody messes with them._
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_The engineer who signed off the building of the chimneys the wrong way round has dissapeared. There was insufficient management oversight. The wrong air conditioning unit in the substation is also due to lack of managment._
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_The experience I had there was that basically no one is in charge._
_No one takes the lead for fear of being fired for not performing_
_The skill set to do the work is not there._
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_And all this in the name of BEE._
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_Apparently the "kitchen" or food contract is run by the local ANC mayor or leader_
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_The workers are guaranteed a hot lunch every day_
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_There is a central kitchen and mess._
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_Thus a worker who is an hour away from the kitchen, is transported in a little bus. His lunch hour only starts when he picks up the plate to be served._
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_So an hour lunch break lasts 2 or 3 hours in some sections_
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_When the workforce was on strike the lunch providers were paid full value - not just the profit section even though they were not supplying any meals._
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_The lunch contract has come up for review 3 times and every time the same person is awarded the contract despite better or other bids_
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_Now this is just lunch. _
_Imagine the rest ?_
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Hemel en Aarde Estate

03-02-2015, 03:05 PM
Eskom Hld SOC Ltd @Eskom_SA 3h3 hours ago
Eskom is pleased to announce the first synchronisation of Medupi unit 6.‪#‎Medupi‬ (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/medupi?source=feed_text&story_id=656771464446277) is a greenfield coal-fired power plant project located west of Lephalale, Limpopo Province.
This synchronisation marks a new beginning, in 3 months SA will see unit 6’s full potential - 794MW fed into the grid, says Eskom CE, Matona

03-03-2015, 10:43 PM
Wat is die kanse dat daai eenheid 6 gaan loop soos hy moed as die klomp nog besig is om te bou en tekere te gaan daar.
Ek ken nie die uitleg van die plek nie en weet ook nie hoe naby die eenhede aan mekaar gebou word nie so ek vra maar.


03-03-2015, 11:49 PM
Caholt. Eenheid ses loop wel en dit sal aanhou met loop solank Exarro die steenkool voorsien. Die ding is so ontwerp sodat die verskillende eenhede afsonderlik klaar gebou kan word.

Maar met al die kabels wat in die kelders gesteel word, glo ek, dat daar met die ander eenhede nog n paar verassings kan wag.

03-04-2015, 01:10 PM
Eskom Hld SOC Ltd ‏@Eskom_SA (https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA)<small class="time" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(136, 153, 166);"> 1h1 hour ago (https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/573055672889286657)</small>
A renewable energy plant in Northern Cape has gone online, producing 100MW, equivalent of powering 80 000 households. http://ow.ly/JUnLd (http://t.co/ETCw50FCfb)

03-04-2015, 09:46 PM
Tom dit beteken dat ons oor ses weke omtrent 900 MW op lyne gaan he wat ons verlede jaar nie gehad het nie. Dit is nie baie nie maar dit sal die diens en herstel van ouer kragsentrales moontlik maak.

Die Arme Eskom is nog altyd omtrent 4000 Mw onder die lyn wat hulle in 1993 ge erf het. Hoe dinge so agteruit kon gaan bly maar n raaisel.

03-08-2015, 05:28 PM
Ek sit en lees so oor alles wat kan en nie kan verkeerd gaa nie, en kan nie help om te wonder of die dam ooit onder die eend se gat uitgeruk gaan word nie. Daar is hierdie doelbewuste aanslag/dwaasheid, maar die totale ineenstorting se pale word telkemale geskuif. Klink dit of ek anargie begeer, nee stellig nie, maar wanneer wardeur jy weer iets in die lewe, wanneer jy dit verloor het... laat my dink...hoe sekeres dalk so n lessie tog moet leer ter wille van vrede vir almal.

03-08-2015, 05:35 PM
Tom dit beteken dat ons oor ses weke omtrent 900 MW op lyne gaan he wat ons verlede jaar nie gehad het nie. Dit is nie baie nie maar dit sal die diens en herstel van ouer kragsentrales moontlik maak.

Die Arme Eskom is nog altyd omtrent 4000 Mw onder die lyn wat hulle in 1993 ge erf het. Hoe dinge so agteruit kon gaan bly maar n raaisel.


Johannesburg - Eskom has to reduce the number of white engineers by 1 081 and white artisans by 2 179 in order to comply with strict new government requirements, according to a report by specialist labour writer Jan de Lange (http://www.netwerk24.com/nuus/2015-03-08-eskom-moet-ontslae-raak-van-1081-wit-ingenieurs) in the Sunday newspaper Rapport (http://www.netwerk24.com/).
The new directives require embattled Eskom, the best performing public enterprise in the affirmative action race, to ensure that these two key job categories become “completely reflective of the national and regional demographics” by 2020.
Some 6 530 people, of whom 30% or 1 786 are white, currently occupy “professional and mid-management” positions at Eskom.
These are mostly engineers.

1 081 white employees in these categories, where 70,6% of employees are currently black, need to be shed until 705 remain.
Of the 21 372 “technically skilled” employees at Eskom 4 487 or 21% are white. By 2020 some 2 179 will have to leave.
A top Eskom manager who told Rapport two years ago Eskom was transforming too rapidly, said Saturday, “It will be catastrophic if our affirmative action targets now lead to the estrangement of people whose skills we need.”

03-23-2015, 10:01 PM
534. Is regstellende aksie nie on grondwetlik nie ?

03-25-2015, 05:38 PM
En daar sit hulle Medupi af- het nog nie eers 'n maand gewerk nie, blykbaar om die toerusting en werkers te beskerm teen die stakers. Net die afrika mentaliteit sal hierdie tipe gemors toelaat om te gebeur... Nevermaaind hoeveel dit die ekonomie kos aan verlore inkomste- solank hulle net nie die stakers af piepie nie ne?


03-25-2015, 08:01 PM
Ek kry die idee, dat hulle in die naby toekoms dalk n Lonmin/Marikana ook by Medupi kan trek net om weer die sterkste dier mentalitiet te toets. Die metodiek kan dalk verskil, maar die uitkoms kan dieselfde wees. Staan vas

03-25-2015, 08:09 PM
Eskom Hld SOC Ltd ‏@Eskom_SA (https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA)<small class="time" style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(136, 153, 166);"> 1h1 hour ago (https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/573055672889286657)</small>
A renewable energy plant in Northern Cape has gone online, producing 100MW, equivalent of powering 80 000 households. http://ow.ly/JUnLd (http://t.co/ETCw50FCfb)

Weet iemand wat die son krag opwekkings in noord kaap suid afrika gekos het?

Indien dit wel 80 000 huis kan voorsien met n 100 mwatt is dit n verdeeld na 1,2 kw per huis as my somme reg is n 1,2 kw per uur off grid se minimum kostes is amper 250 000 rand indien jy van die beste toerusting op die mark gebruikmaak

Ja so die vraag is weet iemand wat die koste was van die noordkaap projek?

Lekker aand

03-27-2015, 10:53 AM
Barry sover ek weet het dit ons niks gekos nie. Die plant behoort aan n italiaanse firma. Die krag word wel gekoop maar soos ek verstaan het, gaan die krag na ons buurlande toe! Nou moet ek by se dit is een van n paar plants wat ek hier van praat.

03-27-2015, 11:49 AM
Eskom says 1000 Medupi workers fired
Mar 27 2015 10:00

Johannesburg - About 1 000 workers at the construction site of South Africa's Eskom Medupi power plant have been fired for vandalising property during this week's one-day strike, the power utility's spokesperson said on Friday.
About 21 000 contract workers went on a one-day strike on Wednesday over poor living conditions and seeking higher pay.

"Some of the workers have received text messages for them not to come today, they have been fired," Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters, adding that they were not Eskom's employees but belonged to firms contracted to build the plant.
Murray & Roberts and Actom, a unit of France's Alstom SA, are some of the companies building the coal-fired power plant.

No one was immediately available to comment at both firms.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would fight the dismissals and threatened more strikes at the plant.
"No worker will return to work when 1 000 workers are fired. This will just make them stay away for longer," said Steve Nhlapo, NUMSA's head of collective bargaining.
"You can't fire workers by text, there are procedures to follow and unions to consult."

Labour disruption and technical faults have increased costs at the long-delayed Medupi coal plant, expected to start generating 800 megawatts of extra electricity by July.
Medupi, whose total installed capacity is expected to be 4 764 MW when fully complete, would be the first power station that South Africa has built in 20 years. Eskom has been implementing regular power cuts to cope with power shortages


04-08-2015, 01:44 PM
Medupi lock-out a declaration of war – Numsa
Apr 08 2015 12:36

Cape Town – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would make a decision on Wednesday regarding possible strike action at Medupi power station in Lephalale, with a warning that Eskom’s lock-out of workers is a declaration of war. Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese told Fin24 on Wednesday that Numsa would meet with other unions later in the day to discuss the way forward, which could mean embarking on strike action.

On Tuesday, Numsa’s head of collective bargaining Steve Nhlapo told Fin24 that workers had decided to stay away from work on Wednesday.
However, Ngobese said workers had been locked out of Medupi and were not voluntarily staying away. “What is really happening at Medupi is that our members have been locked out, and we see this not only as a provocation, but a declaration of war,” he said. “We are meeting workers this afternoon to discuss how best we can respond to this lock-out as imposed on our members by Eskom and its contractors."

SMS dismissal not right - Numsa

After an unprotected strike at Medupi on March 25, Eskom sent text messages to 1 700 workers, informing them of their dismissal or giving them final warnings.
The SMS read: “Dear employee, with effect from 27 March 2015, you are not required to report for duty. The company will proceed and implement disciplinary processes forthwith and you will be notified accordingly.”

Numsa regional organiser Mahlodi Modike said workers returned to the plant on Wednesday hoping that they would be allowed into the premises, only to discover that their access cards were blocked. “Some workers were allowed in, but most of them [discovered that] their access card was blocked, although they did not receive an SMS to inform them that they had been dismissed,” said Modike. Numsa said this was a lock-out and demanded that Eskom follow the correct procedures. “If you want to discipline members, there is a process to follow as per the Labour Relations Act,” said Ngobese.

Numsa accuses Eskom of lying to the public

Numsa accused Eskom of lying to the public, saying Eskom was not in talks with workers and that the dismissed workers had not destroyed property.
“They lie to the public and say workers will be returning to work and [and say that they are] talking to us, [which] is not true,” said Modike.
Ngobese said the issues had been put down on the table. “They can be addressed, but there is no will from Eskom to address those issues.”

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told Fin24 on Wednesday that disciplinary action was taking place against 1 700 workers who took part in an unprotected strike action on March 25. “Those members are only allowed to come to Medupi for their disciplinary hearing,” he said. Ngobese questioned how Eskom chose those 1 700 workers to discipline. “We need to be informed about that,” he said. “There has been no formal communication.”

Divide and rule strategy

The union believes that the construction companies were employing a divide and rule strategy, which they feared could trigger fights among workers.
Modike said that last week, workers were united when they marched to demand bonuses on the completion of unit 6, but now they are divided, because some members think they were betrayed. He said the plan may backfire because workers believed that they were used to champion a cause for all, while only a select few were targeted. “We marched together as workers, but only a few were dismissed by SMS,” he said. “Workers cannot be dismissed without a hearing. “We are not going to the labour court now, [because] we still want to engage [our] employers.”

Fired workers have not been reinstated - Eskom

The SABC reported on Wednesday that Eskom had agreed to reinstate all the workers at Medupi power station who were fired from the unprotected protest on March 25. “Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says the contractors and labour unions have agreed that those who were dismissed will report for work on Wednesday,” the SABC reported. However, Phasiwe told Fin24 that the workers had not been reinstated.

“There is a disciplinary process under way and the workers who were dismissed have not been reinstated,” he said. Numsa confirmed that the fired workers had not been reinstated. The workers’ demands were that completion bonuses should be given to all workers, not only to senior managers; retrenchments of workers should be halted with immediate effect; and racialised evictions of workers from their subsidised accommodation should end.


04-08-2015, 06:11 PM
ESKOM moet maar net vra. Ons sal die ou probleempie baie vinnig vir hulle laat wegraak. Ons het dit in die verlede vir hulle gedoen en ons kan Medupi weer vir hulle rustig maak. Hulle moet maar net vra.http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/doctor-smiley-emoticon-1.gif (http://www.sherv.net/)

04-28-2015, 10:43 AM
Dit wil maar net nie vlot nie...

Lephalele, Limpopo - Workers and construction managers at Eskom’s Medupi site claim that they have been subject to a reign of terror, violence and intimidation over the past three weeks amid a strike marked by xenophobic demands that have all severely curtailed work.These events also mean that the completion of the new power station in Limpopo will be delayed even further.
Sources at the Medupi site told Business Report that in the past three weeks, three busses were torched in Lephalale and a bus driver, who was trying to transport workers to the site, was attacked and ended up in hospital in a coma. Managers of the construction companies at the site have been threatened with death for going to work.
“We are living in hell, people just go around beating others up and there is nothing we can do,” a manager of one of the companies said.
“The world thinks everything is peaceful here and we only have a normal industrial dispute, but things are far from normal. Maybe the authorities are waiting for someone to die before they take action,” the source added.
Khulu Phasiwe, an Eskom spokesman, said over the past three weeks there had only been about 2 000 workers at the Medupi site compared with the normal 14 000 due to the strike and intimidation.
“Workers are being intimidated, removed from buses and fear for their lives,” he added.
The striking workers have six key demands including that: each worker be paid a R10 000 bonus for completing the first Medupi unit; foreigners be removed from the site and be replaced with South Africans; locals should be given first preference when it comes to recruitment; unskilled and semi-skilled workers be equipped with skills; and workers receive proper accommodation.
Phasiwe expressed concern at the state of Medupi station, which had been under construction for seven years and was no where near completion.
Given the public holidays yesterday and Friday, Phasiwe said he did not expect much work to be done this week and this would mean work at the Medupi site would have been curtailed for up to four weeks.
Medupi, which is constructed by companies such as Mitsubishi South Africa, Murray & Roberts, Aveng, Basil Read and a group of smaller contractors has suffered a series of setbacks forcing Eskom to shift its scheduled opening and to postpone it a number of times.
The new power station is expected to have six boilers each powering a 794 megawatts turbine, producing 4 764MW of power when completed. In March, Eskom announced that Medupi’s unit six produced power for the first time.
“Within the next three months, South Africa will see Medupi unit six’s full potential of 794MW being fed into the South African national grid,” suspended chief executive Tshediso Matona had said at the time. But shortly after that, 3 000 workers went on a wildcat strike demanding the extension of an accommodation subsidy and an end to dismissals.
Construction companies later dismissed 1 700 of the striking workers, forcing Eskom to intervene and have them rehired.
A worker at Medupi confirmed that some were scared of going to work even though they wanted to because of the intimidation. “We have not had anything to live on since the strike started,” said the worker who refused to be named.
“The people who are on strike are few but they are well resourced and armed, so if you stay with them in the same hostel you know you cannot go against anything they say.”
But the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members had borne the brunt of the intimidation because they were not part of the unprotected strike. “There are armed groups going around intimidating people saying they must not go to work,” NUM construction co-ordinator Isaac Ntshangase said.
Eskom said construction at Medupi and Kusile was now expected to be completed by 2021. Acting chief executive Brian Molefe said it was possible that the date might be reviewed again as a result of the continuing strike.


04-28-2015, 10:30 PM
2021 - klink soos n "futuristic movie"... :-) nog so vêr in die toekoms. Dalk moet ons die Medupi draad by die grappies "draad" inkorpureer LOL.

Black Wattle.

05-06-2015, 05:37 PM
Some 'better' news?

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Hi there,

After lengthy delays in the commissioning of Medupi - and well publicised cost overruns - South Africans have been fretting that the new super power station will be paying for it through high electricity tariffs for decades. So I asked Eskom's "Mr Reliable" Andrew Etzinger to help us dispense with the idle chatter and provide a hard figure for the final cost of Medupi.

The good news is that even after all those escalations, electricity produced by the new super power station is still comfortably under the global average. Eskom financial whizz Deon Joubert says Medupi's all-in production cost comes in at $3 000/kW, putting it in the bottom quartile of modern plants worldwide (ie 75% produce at a higher cost).

The international range for these plants is between $2 500 and $6 800/kW. As for the cost escalations, Joubert says the biggest single jump (130%) was in 2005 when the project design more than doubled from 2 100 MW to 4 800 MW. Nice to hear the truth is more palatable than the myth. Hopefully this will get at least some critics off the back of former CEO Brian Dames, a highly competent engineer and thoroughly decent man.






05-06-2015, 09:33 PM

Update on the ongoing industrial action at Medupi Power Station Project

Tuesday, 05 May 2015: The striking employees belonging to Contractors on the Medupi Power Station Project have not heeded the call to return to work since the unprotected industrial action that took place on 25 March 2015, despite a court interdict as well as ultimatums issued in this regard. Organised Labour was informed of the final ultimatums issued to their members to return to work.

Attempts by the Contractors (employers) to get their employees to return to work has not yielded the desired outcome. Whilst some employees have responded to the ultimatums, most have defied and ignored the court interdict as well as the ultimatums.

Violence and intimidation was experienced in the accommodation areas where these employees reside as well as en-route to the project site. This has resulted in employees that want to return to work, being prevented or intimidated from doing so. The interventions by the Project and Contractor Security Teams, SAPS included, have managed to contain the situation, but it remains tense.

The continued unprotected industrial action is in its sixth week and has resulted in construction delays on the Medupi Power Station Project. However, work being carried out on Unit 6 has continued successfully.

Over the past long weekend, the Contractors released their employees to go home. These employees vacated the Eskom accommodation and have to await further instructions from their Employer on when to return to work. The aim of this is to facilitate the execution of the contractors’ remobilisation plans.

Eskom, the Contractors and Organised Labour are working together to find a way forward to get employees back to work within the next two weeks.


05-12-2015, 04:52 PM
Chris Yelland‏@chrisyelland (https://twitter.com/chrisyelland)

News just in (unconfirmed): Fire on one unit at #Eskom (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eskom?src=hash) Duvha power station; multiple generator units down at Duvha

05-27-2015, 12:00 PM
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Medupi will never be completed, because “the ancestors are unhappy”… official report
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According to the CRL rights commission, graves were disturbed during construction and now a bunch of ghosts are sabotaging the construction of one of the world’s largest coal power stations.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities – now that’s a mouthful –(CRL rights commission) firmly believes that strikes, political infighting, unionist sabotage and general mismanagement has no role to play in the delays at Medupi.


Rather, they spent tax money – the CRL rights commission is a chapter 9 institution – to compile a report claiming that the ancestors are unhappy as their graves have been disturbed by Medupi’s construction.

CRL commission chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi said “It’s the bones underneath and in the vicinity. Some of the graves were destroyed there. The belief systems of some people will tell you that this Medupi dream of yours will never happen. It will be another 10 years.”

05-27-2015, 12:00 PM
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Medupi will never be completed, because “the ancestors are unhappy”… official report
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27 May, 2015 by Gerhard Jacobs in NEWS
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According to the CRL rights commission, graves were disturbed during construction and now a bunch of ghosts are sabotaging the construction of one of the world’s largest coal power stations.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities – now that’s a mouthful –(CRL rights commission) firmly believes that strikes, political infighting, unionist sabotage and general mismanagement has no role to play in the delays at Medupi.


Rather, they spent tax money – the CRL rights commission is a chapter 9 institution – to compile a report claiming that the ancestors are unhappy as their graves have been disturbed by Medupi’s construction.

CRL commission chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi said “It’s the bones underneath and in the vicinity. Some of the graves were destroyed there. The belief systems of some people will tell you that this Medupi dream of yours will never happen. It will be another 10 years.”

05-27-2015, 02:31 PM
Eskom hasn’t lined up enough coal to power SA beyond 2016
News By Andre Janse van Vuuren, 2015-05-27

Eskom hasn’t lined up enough coal supplies to meet the needs of generation beyond 2016.
Demand for the fuel from Eskom’s power stations in Mpumalanga will be 17 million metric tons higher than the supplies it has so far contracted with coal companies, Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown said Wednesday in an e-mailed reply to queries from lawmakers.

“The available Eskom-grade coal in Mpumalanga exceeds 5,000 tons,” Brown said, adding that it’s enough to meet demand. “The coal is available in Mpumalanga. That requires investments and Eskom is in discussion with relevant parties.”

Eskom relies on burning coal for four-fifths of the electricity it generates. The company is battling to meet demand after delays in building new power stations as its aging plants suffer from breakdowns. Coal producers including Glencore Plc and Anglo American Plc are scaling back output or selling stakes in mines amid a slump in the price of the fuel in the past year.

Eskom has so far contracted 899 million tons for delivery from 2016 to 2030, Brown said. Some supply contracts need to be renegotiated, company spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said


05-28-2015, 05:28 PM
Wanneer ek die verskillende stories wat ek gehoor het, bymekaarsit, lyk die kern van hierdie berigte soos volg. EK kan verkeerd wees en dit sal my baie help as iemand my verkeerd kan bewys.

Exxarro en Anglo American het hulle stemme dik gemaak en trek nou dwarsoor n paar goed. Hulle wil nie meer onder die BEE swaard loop nie en hulle weier toe om steenkool te lewer. Eskom se vertragings het eintlik n kontrakbreuk veroorsaak en Exxarro wat genoeg steenkool vir Medupi kan lewer, kan nou kop uittrek.

As Eskom nou deur hierdie hardkoppigheid om BEE af te forseer, vol te hou, sal hulle seker maar steenkool moet invoer. En om dit te doen, sal beteken dat Medupi nooit sal loop nie. Medupi is afhanklik van Exxarro en as Exxarro nie lewer nie, word Medupi net nog n wit olifant in Afrika

05-28-2015, 07:32 PM
Soos ek die ding gehoor het en verstaan is as volg: Die regering (Eskom) wil he die myn groepe moet hulle BEE profile verhoog na 49% aandele van die betrokke steenkool groepe. In wese het die myn huise nie 'n probleem daarmee nie, maar wil he die regering/ individiee wat kwalifiseer vir BEE moet die aandele koop. Die regering wil he die myn huise moet dit verniet vir hulle gee. Die myn huise skop vas en se nee , nou dreig die regering om hulle lisensies op te skort. Die mynhuise wys die regering die middle finger en se as hulle die lisensies wil opskort dan voorsien hulle nie meer steenkool aan Eskom nie. In wese het jy nou hier 'n tipiese Mexican stand off.
Wat my die meeste bekommerd maak is dat die regering bereid is om die hele land se energie netwerk te floor, net om sy BEE profile te vergroot- Daai ouens is heeltemal die kults kwyt, en geld mal....

05-28-2015, 08:14 PM
Dis seker warom die president by die russe gaan kers op steek het intresant dat die ouens wat die steenkool verskaffing beheer direk die prys van eskom se krag tarief kan manypileer dink so daar aan ashulle ophou verskaf moet eskom duurder invoer wst die tarief sal opstoot om krag optewek tydbom hoe elektrieseteit as zuma n alternatief kan beding sal dit seket nie so sleg wees as hulle beitjie minder afhanklik is van die steenkool magnaate

06-05-2015, 01:15 PM

Skote is na bewering vanoggend geskiet op twee busse wat werkers na die Medupi-kragstasie in Limpopo vervoer het. Een van die bestuurders is lig beseer en die polisie ondersoek `n saak van poging tot moord. `n Woordvoedre van die polisie, Ronet Otto, sê die motief vir die skietery is onseker. Van die werkers by Medupi gaan voort met hul onwettige staking, terwyl ander weer begin werk het. Volgens Otto is daar eers geskiet op `n bus van Shongoane en later op `n bus vol werkers van Marapoing. In die tweede voorval is nege skote geskiet, maar niemand is beseer nie.

06-11-2015, 10:11 PM
Twee konstruksiewerkers van die Medupi-kragstasie is vanoggend in die Marapong-township in Lephalale in Limpopo geskiet en gewond. 'n Polisiewoordvoerder, Ronel Otto sê 'n onbekende man het losgebrand op 'n groep werkers wat gewag het vir vervoer na die Medupi-kragstasie. Verlede week het onbekende verdagtes skote afgevuur op twee busse wat werkers na Medupi vervoer het. Een van die busbestuurders is gewond. Otto sê hulle ondersoek 'n saak van poging tot moord.


06-12-2015, 11:26 PM
Hoe moeilik is dit on Medupi om te skakel na Kernkrag???

06-13-2015, 10:29 PM
onmoontlik! dit is twee totaal verskillende maniere van krag opwek. Die rede waarom Medupi juis daar gebou is, is omdat daar geweldig baie steenkool daar le.

07-06-2016, 11:40 AM
Medupi and Kusile power stations will cost over R100 billion more
The massive cost and time overruns at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations will place upward pressure on Eskom’s electricity price trajectory in the years ahead, states Chris Yelland.


Besides the financial results themselves for Eskom’s financial year ending 31 March, perhaps the most important new information to come out at the media briefing at Megawatt Park on 5 July was Eskom’s latest estimate of the overnight capital costs, or cost to completion (CTC), for its Medupi and Kusile power stations.
The 4,764 MW Medupi coal-fired power station, situated near Lephalale in Limpopo province, has been under construction since 2007.
The 4,800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station close to Kendal power station in the Nkangala district of Mpumalanga province, has been under construction since 2008.
When questioned, Eskom’s head of capital projects, Mr. Abram Masango, advised that:

The latest estimated CTC for Medupi, excluding flue gas desulphurization plant (FGD), and excluding interest during construction (IDC), had increased from R105 billion to R135 billion.
The latest estimated CTC, including FGD, but excluding IDC, had increased from R118.5 billion to R160 billion.

The latest estimated interest during construction has still not been disclosed by Eskom.
However, in light of the significantly increased capital costs and delayed project programmes for both Medupi and Kusile (Fig. 1a and 1b), it is expected that IDC for both Medupi and Kusile could increase by about 25% above the figures previously indicated by Eskom in September 2014.


It should be noted that although FGD plant was not initially included in the costing of Medupi, the site has been designed to be ready to install FGD plant at the first major shutdown of each unit after construction.
Furthermore, FGD plant is required at both Medupi and Kusile in conditions of a US$3.75-billion World Bank loan to Eskom, approved in April 2010. Kusile, on the other hand, is being constructed including FGD plant from the start.
The history of the estimated CTC approved by the Eskom board from time to time and communicated to the public for the construction of Medupi is as follows:

Apr 2007: R69.1 billion: Initial CTC for 6 units excluding FGD and IDC
Sep 2008: R88.5 billion
Sep 2009: R87.5 billion
Jun 2011: R91.2 billion
May 2013: R105 billion
July 2016: R135 billion: Latest CTC excluding FGD and IDC

Similarly the CTC approved by the Eskom board for the construction of Kusile is as follows:

Apr 2007: R80.6 billion: Initial CTC including FGD and excluding IDC
May 2013: R118.5 billion
July 2016: R160 billion: Latest CTC including FGD and excluding IDC

A previous estimated total CTC in September 2014 for Medupi and Kusile power stations, including IDC, FGD and the settling of unprocessed contractor claims, is given in Table 1.
An updated total CTC as at July 2016 for Medupi and Kusile power stations, including IDC, FGD and the settling of unprocessed contractor claims, is estimated in Table 2.

LEES VERDER HIER (http://mybroadband.co.za/news/energy/170985-medupi-and-kusile-power-stations-will-cost-over-r100-billion-more.html)

07-06-2016, 08:10 PM
Wat kan ek sê. En tog kan ons dit nog altyd omdraai en verdere verliese beperk, maar wie wil dit nou he?